Is Happiness All That It’s Cracked Up to Be?

Will happiness really transform your life, or is it a marketing ploy to sell more self- improvement books? Let’s start with some statistics…

  1. Approximately 50% of the variation in happiness levels among individuals, is a direct result of genetics. Yes, the happiness gene does exist and some lucky individuals are blessed with it.

  2. Life circumstances account for approximately 10% of the variation in happiness levels.

  3. The remaining 40% is up to us, meaning, we have control over our happiness.

So, why is happiness so important? In particular, how can it impact how we live our lives?

Research shows the following:

  • Happier people make better decisions. This directly impacts all areas of life – health/wellness, business, relationships, financial.

  • Happier people are more likely to be active and make better food choices. They have more energy and they sleep better.

  • Happier people have lower blood pressure, reduced stress levels, and a stronger immune system.

  • Happier people have more meaningful relationships. They are better communicators. They enjoy spending time with others. They tend to be more supportive, empathetic, and better listeners.

  • Happier people are more likely to bounce back from a challenge or set-back. They look through the lens of a glass half full. They consider set-backs as learning experiences.

  • Happier people are more confident and have a better self-image. They may be a work in progress, but they are confident in their abilities. As a result, they tend to be more successful in business.

How could happiness impact your life and how you live it?

You be the judge.

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